EUI Open Access roundtable on the revolution in publishing

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This was 8th International Open Access week ‘Open for Collaboration’ and it was the fourth time the EUI Library organised a roundtable on open access in the framework of this international event.OATableImage

The Library organised the round-table on “the Revolution in Publishing” on Tuesday 20 October 2015. It was attended by close to 40 persons: library staff, PhD students, post-doctoral fellows, academic and administrative staff from EUI departments.

Presentations and discussions covered were on

1) the EUI Research Repository Cadmus,

2) Open Access Books,

3) the Relationship between Open Access and Copyright, and

4) the EUI Research data management and Open Data

The Programme and the presentations

This presentation gave an overview of where the EUI stands in matters of open access publishing. It illustrated the EUI research repository, Cadmus, its development, growth and future challenges. Below one of the slides “The Life of Cadmus: and overview”


Monographs remain fundamental to many HSS disciplines, but total sales for these works has fallen to the low hundreds and there has been little development to the traditional printed volume in response to innovations in digital technology. As a consequence the traditional monograph is failing in its two primary functions – as a means of disseminating new knowledge, and as a means of generating high quality research. This talk presents ways in which Open Access publications are providing solutions to these problems.OBP_readers

Drawing on his experience at Open Book Publishers, Rupert Gatti:

  • provides data revealing the breadth and depth of readers accessing OA publications,
  • presents examples of new and innovative OA scholarly monographs – incorporating multimedia content and social editing, and
  • discusses alternative business models for achieving sustainable OA book publishing programmes.

Blog post with video of a shorter 10 minutes presentation given by Prof. Gatti.

This contribution discusses the relationship between open access and copyright. Are copyright and open access two models in competition or can they be compatible?CandOA
To assess their relationship, besides defining the two models, the speaker wishes to compare their rationale, their goals and their current roles in academic publishing as well as their aspiring roles for the future.

An overview of open data trends; data management plans; criteria for open data sharing – and recent developments in the EU Horizon 2020 research data pilot.  The Library’s 2015 ‘Research Data Guide’ was introduced.


EUI pages on Open Access

Tweets on the EUI event

Tweets on  OA week 2015